I was recently doing a search on Bing and read that it is possible to have more fonts than appear on the screen. This really interested me and I tried it and could not do it.

  • I am on windows 8.1
  • I Use the following location:

    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont
  • I have successfully deleted a font, but can't get a font.

  • I am using fonts that Windows has preinstalled
  • I am using string values (REG_SZ)
  • I am using the numbers: 00,000,0000,00000,000000, and fowar

What can I do to get the fonts?

The article I read

  • The problem is to get Unicode and UTF-8 glyphs to show properly, when used is various console programs. For a full solution look here.
    – not2qubit
    Dec 7, 2018 at 12:46

1 Answer 1


You have to increment the string by adding a 0 to every one.

So the standard Lucida Console is 0. The first custom font is 00, the second custom font is 000.

Note very few fonts are usable.

Consolas is one font you can add. Plus at work in PuTTY there are 4 TTFs that are fixed width so there are two more other than Consolas you can use.

From KB247815:

Necessary Criteria for Fonts to Be Available in a Command Window


The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition


For fonts to be available for use in a command session (Cmd.exe) window (on the Fonts tab in the CMD Properties dialog box), the fonts must meet certain criteria.

The fonts must meet the following criteria to be available in a command session window:

  • The font must be a fixed-pitch font.
  • The font cannot be an italic font.
  • The font cannot have a negative A or C space.
  • If it is a TrueType font, it must be FF_MODERN.
  • If it is not a TrueType font, it must be OEM_CHARSET.

Additional criteria for Asian installations:

  • If it is not a TrueType font, the face name must be "Terminal."
  • If it is an Asian TrueType font, it must also be an Asian character set.

In Windows 2000, the installation of Console Fonts is no longer automated. This was done to give the console window greater stability in multilanguage environments. An unsupported work around is available by adding the following font specific entry:

Add a String Value
Data= "Font Name" (without "")

Into the following registry:


The name needs to be incremented with "0" for each additional font. The Data entry needs to match the font's entry in the following registry location:

  • 2
    What font works? Can you give an example?
    – Roke
    May 28, 2015 at 22:47
  • in win 7 , this font works: dejavu-fonts.github.io , and it includes all utf8 characters , in windows by default there is also Courier New font. after installing the deja vu font I added DejaVu Sans Mono in the registry , now I can chose it from the console settings May 17, 2020 at 22:15

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